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1917–18 PCHA season

1917–18 PCHA season

The 1917–18 PCHA season was the seventh season of the professional men's ice hockey Pacific Coast Hockey Association league. Season play ran from December 28, 1917, until March 8, 1918. The season was reduced to 18 games per team. The Seattle Metropolitans club would be regular-season PCHA champions, but lost the play-off to the Vancouver Millionaires. The Millionaires then played in the Stanley Cup finals series against Toronto, the NHL champions. Toronto won the best-of-five series 3-2 to win the Cup.

League business

The Spokane franchise folded and the league operated with three teams again. The players were distributed to the other teams.[1]

The league decided to split the schedule with each half's winners playing for the championship. This was revised so that the first and second teams played off for the championship.[1] Previously, playoffs were only held when teams tied for first place. Devised by Frank Patrick as a "second-chance" to increase interest in the league, the idea eventually spread to all North American professional sports.

Regular season

Final standings

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Pacific Coast Hockey Association TeamGPWLTGFGA
Seattle Metropolitans1811706765
Vancouver Millionaires189907060
Portland Rosebuds1871106375

Source: Coleman(1966)[2]


The Vancouver Millionaires defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Seattle Metropolitans, taking a two-game total-goals series 3-2 on a 1-0 win over Seattle in the second game.

Seattle Metropolitans vs. Vancouver Millionaires

March 11Seattle2Vancouver2
March 14Vancouver1Seattle0

Vancouver Millionaires win two-games total-goals series 3-2.

Stanley Cup Final

Vancouver travelled to Toronto for the Stanley Cup final. The playing rules alternated between the NHL's six-man and the PCHA's seven-man rules. All games were won by the team whose rules were being played. Vancouver won the PCHA games 6–4 and 8–1 but lost the NHL rule games 5–3, 6–3, and 2–1.

Game-by-GameWinning TeamScoreLosing TeamRules UsedLocation
1March 20Toronto5–3VancouverNHLArena Gardens
2March 23Vancouver6–4TorontoPCHA
3March 26Toronto6–3VancouverNHL
4March 28Vancouver8–1TorontoPCHA
5March 30Toronto2–1VancouverNHL
Torontos wins best-of-five series 3 games to 2

Schedule and results

Jan.1Portland0Seattle1 (19:57 OT)
4Seattle2Vancouver3 (5:35 OT)
16Vancouver1Portland0 (12:38 OT)
30Vancouver3Seattle4 (23:10 OT)
Feb.4Seattle5Vancouver6 (10:45 OT)
22Vancouver1Portland2 (20:20 OT)
27Vancouver1Seattle2 (22:20 OT)
6Vancouver3Seattle4 (2:58 OT)

Source: Coleman 1966.[3]

Player statistics

Goaltending averages

Hugh LehmanVancouver186013.3
Norman FowlerSeattle186513.6
Tom MurrayPortland18754.2

Source: Coleman(1966)[4]

Scoring leaders

Cyclone TaylorVancouver Millionaires183211430
Bernie MorrisSeattle Metropolitans182012329
Gordon RobertsSeattle Metropolitans182032324
Eddie OatmanPortland Rosebuds1811102116
Tommy DunderdalePortland Rosebuds181462057
Mickey MacKayVancouver Millionaires181081831
Alf BarbourPortland Rosebuds17125170
Barney StanleyVancouver Millionaires18116179
Charles TobinPortland Rosebuds18133160
Frank FoystonSeattle Metropolitans1395149

See also

  • 1917–18 NHL season


Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgColeman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893-1936 inc., p. 337.
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